Saturday, January 19, 2008

U.S. Nationals- A Dance Preview

Olympic silver medalists and 2007 world bronze medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto have won the past four titles. They headline the 13-team field, along with 2007 U.S. bronze medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, fourth at nationals last year, also will compete, as will 2007 U.S. junior champs Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates.

It's unlikely anyone will thwart Belbin and Agosto as they try for their fifth consecutive title. Melissa Gregory and Denis Petukhov, silver medalists for the past four years, withdrew from the championships last week; they have not competed since Gregory fell on a rotational lift during warmups at Skate Canada last fall. Davis and White are making strides toward their goal of maturing in their artistry this year. They were third and fourth in their two Grand Prix events, following a season in which they placed seventh at the world championships -- the second-best showing by an American team.

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Source: Star Tribune

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